AFC Wimbledon striker Tom Elliott believes the competition for places among the Dons forward ranks is driving each of to improve to ensure they stay in the side.
Neal Ardley has had somewhat of a selection dilemma with Elliott, Lyle Taylor, Dom Poleon and Tyrone Barnett all proving their worth so far this term.
Poleon and Taylor top the club’s goalscoring charts in all competitions with four goals each, but each of the Dons forwards has found the back of the net this season; Elliott has two to his name and Barnett grabbed the winner against Charlton last month.
Speaking after their 0-0 draw at home to Swindon Town, Elliott praised the effect of his team mates as his side adapt to life in the third tier of English football for the first time.
He said: “The four of us are just pushing each other to be honest as we all want to play up front. It’s not like a rivalry as we're all good friends off the field and we’ll just keep pushing each other. We’re not bothered who gets top goal scorer it’s just about improving.”
Elliott went on to say that, despite coming up via the play-offs last season, Wimbledon are not content to simply make up the numbers but want to compete and thrive in a fiercely competitive league. They currently sit in 12th place, five points clear of the relegation zone and just three off the play-offs.
“I think we needed to adapt quickly otherwise we’d have been at the bottom fighting really. We’ve cut out the sloppy mistakes and were more solid and the back but we can keep getting better.
"If we want to get into the play-offs or top two we need to keep pushing on rather than just surviving.
“We didn’t come here just to be one of those teams who fight off relegation we came here to do as best we can and be in that top half.
"Obviously were inspired by the likes of Burton, they’re not financially that well off but they’re a team, they work hard and got promoted twice so we’ll just take it game by game.”